Lincoln 8th grader killed in car crash in Utah

A Lincoln middle school student was killed in a car crash in Utah on Sunday. 
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A Lincoln middle school student was killed in a car crash in Utah on Sunday.

Zahraa Ismael was an eighth grade student at Culler Middle School, principal Michaela Hahn said in a letter sent to families.

You can read the full letter below:

“Culler families,

We have some sad news to share with you. This morning we received information that one of our eighth grade students, Zahraa Ismael, was killed in a car crash in Utah on Sunday. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.

The Culler counseling and crisis team will be available to meet virtually with students via Zoom.

If students are not able to meet during the scheduled Zoom sessions, they can reach out to their counselors through email. If you do not have access to email or Zoom, you can call Culler Middle School at (402) 436-1210 and someone will return your call.

Children often experience a variety of responses after the death of a classmate. For some children, death is a new experience. Like all new experiences, the unknown can be confusing and frightening. This is an uncertain time for children and they may have questions. Children will seek answers and comfort from their caregivers and other adults with whom they have a relationship. It is also possible that a death of a classmate can trigger a child’s grief about a previous loss or disruption in their life. Children may or may not have learned ways to cope with a loss and may need additional support to talk about their feelings.

We encourage you to listen to your child express their thoughts and feelings and to provide extra support to them. Below are three resources that may help you talk with your child about grief and death.

https://childrengrieve.org/resources/10-ways-to-help-a-grieving-child

https://home.lps.org/socialworkers/files/2017/04/Helping-Children-with-Trauma-and-Grief-2.pd

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zmZZzU64ppUnwFqZ-0O_GyLlMtT7gp48/view?usp=sharing

Please know our staff are here to assist you and your child. Contact us if you need more support.

Michaela Hahn

Principal

Culler Middle School

mhahn@lps.org

(402) 436-1210″

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